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Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Still needing a gift for that special someone?
A Debbie Allan Photography gift certificate could save the day.
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(unlike the chocolate and flowers).


email me at debbie@debbieallanphotography.com for more details.

I am happy to announce that I am going to be offering a limited number of complimentary photo sessions for adoptive families this year through a fabulous organization called Red Thread Sessions

I will be offering two different types of sessions:

1. A family portrait session to take place within the first three months of the finalization of the adoption.

2. A birth photography session to capture the birth of the adoptive child in an open adoption.

Please email me if you would like more information at debbie@debbieallanphotography.com

Please share this link if you know anyone going through the adoption process at this time. This is a national program, with photographers across the country offering their services to adoptive families.

It is hard to believe that 2011 is behind us. It is so true that time seems to go faster each year. It has been another fantastic year for Debbie Allan Photography. I always enjoy creating my end of year slideshow, as it is wonderful to have the opportunity to reflect on each of the sessions I did and the wonderful people I encountered throughout the year.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. I am looking forward to 2012 and the photographic journey. I cannot wait to reconnect with clients and I am excited to meet many new families too.

One of my New Years resolutions was to ensure I book a family photo session for my family. I did not do that in 2011 and I regret it. I want to be able to look back at images of my family in years to come, that include me!

At the end of last month I had the privilege of photographing Zoe’s Bat Mitzvah at the beautiful Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Rabbi Susan presided over the religious service and did a fabulous job of ensuring that Zoe’s milestone event went smoothly. Zoe had studied hard in preparation for this momentous occasion and it showed in her incredibly eloquent and emotional delivery. There to witness the event were her family and friends.

The service was followed by a magnificent celebration at the K home. There was a red carpet and the space was decorated in Hollywood style. The party was a huge success. A fabulous time was had by all guests, young and old. I was so impressed by Zoe’s dancing grandparents, wow, they have energy!

I had the pleasure of attending an outdoor dance performance at the historic home of John D. Rockefeller, Kykuit last month. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund support the Rioult Dance Company of NYC and so the event took place on a stunningly beautiful June evening on the former site of the Kykuit tennis courts. A stage had been built for the evening, the majestic home was the backdrop to the stage and mother nature played a huge part in creating a unique soundtrack in between the musical pieces.

I was literally on the edge of my seat for the entire performance. It was magical.

I hope that I will have the opportunity to see the company perform again soon. I was so moved by the whole experience.

Last Sunday afternoon marked the celebration of Manu’s first birthday. I could not wait to capture this event, as Mom certainly knows how to plan a fabulous party. The attention to detail was amazing. When I first arrived I was welcomed by The Castle’s event planner. He informed me that due to the possibility of rain the party had been relocated inside. A shame as it was a photographers perfect day – a little cloud cover but bright, for wonderful natural light imagery. However the staff at The Castle had decorated the room beautifully for the party. Here is a little insight into the theme. A little prince playing in his garden! How sweet. The cake was so incredible, such a work of art. It tasted amazing too! It was created by Cakes by Lulu.

The floral arrangements went perfectly with the garden theme. Each center piece was slightly different, incorporating sand toys, pinwheels, grass and potted plants. They were created by Enza Anasatasi from Diana Gould Designs.

There was face painting and tattoos for the young ones, by The Creativity Zone

The Little Maestros performed. Manu absolutely loved dancing to their tunes. As did big sister, Dominique, who is a fantastic dancer. She enjoyed herself so much.

Following the music, the children headed outside for pony rides with Sparkle and Jackpot. They were cared for by and supplied by Pied Piper Pony Rides.

The slideshow gives a little insight into this truly amazing birthday celebration.

It was such a pleasure to capture these memories for the A family. A truly magnificent celebration for a sweet one year old boy. Happy Birthday Manu.

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